Alleyne’s Academy County Sporting Success

Bill Chesters finished 3rd in the Intermediate Boys race


On Saturday 4th February 5 students from Alleyne’s Academy represented the Stafford District in the County Cross-Country Championships at Rodbaston College not only looking for team success but also a place in the County team that will then go forward to the England Championships in March. Incredibly 3 of our runners have achieved this feat.

Luke Powell finished 3rd in the juniors race

In the Junior Boys race yr9 student Luke Powell finished 3rd in the field of 50+ runners with only 15m separating him from 1st at the end after a demanding run over the course of 4km. Battling all the way fellow yr9 student Aston Rockley-Chapman came home in 9th. By virtue of their finishing place both will travel as part of the Staffordshire team to the Norfolk Show Ground, Norwich. Helped by these finishing positions Stafford District were the overall team winners for this age group, giving both boys a medal and a second one on the day for Luke.

Aston Rockley-Chapman came home in 9th

In the Intermediate Boys race over 4.8km Bill Chesters showed his form to hold off a number of challengers in the final stretch and come home 3rd  to earn a medal. He will join Luke and Aston on the coach to Norwich. In creditable finishes Tom Clayton finished 13th and James Boote 17th, an excellent result bearing in mind he was up against many runners a year older than himself.

This was a fantastic result overall and demonstrates the quality of outstanding athletes present in the Academy across the year groups.


Having easily qualified from their District competition by winning all their matches the County event was held at Clayton Sports Centre and the Alleyne’s team of 4 girls from yrs 10 & 11 finished in a very creditable 4th place.

Led by England player Abbygael Harris she was ably supported by Imogen Lambert, Alex Donkin and Megan Winfer. Winning 2 of their 3 group games, losing out to Trentham High by virtue of a narrow defeat in the first match, the Alleyne’s team then faced a very strong Thomas Alleyne’s in the semi-final.

Abby gave the team hope winning the first rubber but after that the depth of the opposition team proved too much and Alleyne’s were knocked out to contest the 3rd/4th place play-off.

After a very long day tiredness was now a factor and again playing Trentham the girls were unable to reverse their defeat from the morning. However with three of the team relative novices to the game and certainly having never experienced playing at such a competitive level this was a fantastic result overall. It also maintained the strong tradition that Alleyne’s has with developing badminton players and achieving success at both District and County level.